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Re: Hypothetical Gravity Questions

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Posted by John/">John on April 13, 1997 15:39:48 UTC

: Hello! I was wondering how much gravity our bodies can withstand before the effects of gravity become intolerable. The reason I ask is that it's obvious to me that the state of your body would start to deteriorate long before you even reached the event horizon of a black hole. Given that the farther you are from an object, the less the attraction there is between you and the object, what would be the safest minimum distance you could be to a black hole's event horizon without endangering your health? Well, the question you've posted is a little ambiguous. I assume by distance you mean standing distance(not flying away or racing toward). Any fighter pilot will tell you that nine G's and you lose conciousness(blackout) negative 3 G's and the same thing happens(red out) On the other hand you might be fine with one Gee of acceleration jumping off of a twenty story building...until you hit the ground. Now, in terms of the sheering force of gravity as you approach the event horizon of a black hole, its reasonable to say that I have no earthly clue at what distance the effects would be detrimental, but I'm anxious to find out. Here's an idea. You build a scenario of some detail and I'll see if I can pick a few brains with nothing better to do.

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